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Stupid Laws in America

Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by Farida Palupi

Imagine walking down the streets of New York while reading a book and getting arrested for it? Or eating a lollipop in Washington and being questioned by the police for doing so? Well, as unbelievable as it may seem, some of our lawmakers are busy formulating the weirdest laws in the world, for God knows whose benefit! So given below is a list of some really stupid laws in America, that might make you laugh or make you think twice about doing what you're doing right now!

Stupid Laws in Various States and Cities of America

Alabama

It is illegal for a person driving to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle.
Sprinkling salt on a railway track may be punishable by death.
An alligator cannot be chained to a fire hydrant.
It is illegal to play dominoes on a Sunday.
You cannot carry an ice cream in your back pocket at any point of time.
You cannot wear a fake mustache in church if it evokes laughter.
It is legal to drive the wrong way on a one way street, provided you have a lantern in front of your car.

California

It is illegal for anyone to stop a child from playfully jumping over puddles of water.
It is illegal to eat an orange in a bathtub.
A 500 USD fine is applicable on anyone who detonates a nuclear device within city limits.
It is illegal to skateboard on walls and other vertical surfaces.
Wearing a sweatshirt inside-out is deemed to be a 'threatening misdemeanor'.
You cannot bathe two babies in the same tub at the same time in Los Angeles.
It is illegal in Redwood City to fry gravy.
Bicycles cannot be ridden in Santa Clara County if it doesn't have 'appropriate fashion accessories'.
In Blythe, a person must own two cows if he wishes to wear cowboy boots in public.
In Los Angeles, a man is legally entitled to beat his wife with a leather belt or strap, however, the strap cannot be more than two inches wide, unless he has his wife's consent to beat her with a wider strap.
It is illegal to whistle for a lost canary before 7 am in Berkeley.
It is against the law in L.A. to complain through mail about a hotel having cockroaches, even if it's true.

Colorado

In Logan County, it's illegal for a man to kiss a woman while she is asleep.
It is illegal to throw shoes at weddings in Colorado.
In Denver, it is against the law to lend your vacuum cleaner to your neighbor.
It is illegal to swim during the daytime in a pool or river within the city limits of Durango.

Ohio

It is illegal to fish for whales on a Sunday.
It is illegal to shake a snake at someone but it is legal to throw a snake at someone.
It is illegal to get a fish drunk.
It is illegal for more than five women to live together in a house.
No one can be arrested on a Sunday or the fourth of July.
It is illegal to kill a housefly within 160 feet distance of a church without a license for doing so.
In Columbus, it is illegal to sell Cornflakes on a Sunday.
Owners of tigers must notify authorities within one hour if the tiger escapes.
In Marion, you cannot eat a donut and walk backwards on the street.
In Strongsville, Catch 22 is banned.
In Bay Village, it is illegal to walk a cow down Lake Road.

Pennsylvania

No man can purchase alcohol without written consent from his wife.
In Mount Pocono, any group of five or more Native Americans are considered to be a raiding party and may be killed on the spot.
All fire hydrants must be checked one hour before all fires.
It is illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors.
In Philadelphia, you can't put pretzels in a bag.
One cannot run for governor unless he/she has participated in a duel.

So, these were some stupid laws in America. Although it is said that some of these laws have been repealed, most of them still do exist and are strictly followed. So the next time you want to read a book while walking, ensure that you're not in the Big Apple! 

Abandonment Laws

Posted on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 by Farida Palupi

The court and law framing authorities have devised various laws of abandonment that deal with situations that are a result of various cases in which the person who is responsible for the care/supervision of the place or person denies to take responsibility of the place/person. For example, state laws have made strict rules about family abandonment laws. Since it covers a wide range of cases, this article will throw some light on the three basic categories.

Property Laws
Often we come across a certain property like a piece of land that has been abandoned by the owner voluntarily. However, the owner hasn't transferred the ownership of the property to any other person. The owner of the land has on his own, quit all the claims, rights and possession of the property due to some reasons and he hasn't made any efforts to sell the property. Abandonment laws are meant to legally dispose the property or find the owner of the property so that legal disputes regarding the property can be solved. In case, the owner is found out, the formalities of the sale or possession of the property is easily solved, else the property is legally disposed.

Marriage Laws
Frequently we come across abandonment issues that are related to marriage, divorce and relationships. In cases of marriage, the person may have broken ties with their spouse for a considerable duration of time that amounts it to a severe breach of law. In cases of divorce, adoption and emancipation, abandonment laws vary according to the severity of the case. Divorce cases of are often related to issues like property division, monetary issues and custody matters which are sorted out legally.

Child Laws
Child abandonment comprises issues that are not just related to adoption or the neglect on the part of the care taker with regards to necessary support systems like food and clothing. Instead it categorizes a larger sphere of inactivity on the part of the caretaker. For instance, abandoning a child under the age of 13 years, especially infants, and drawing away all contacts are dealt with abandonment laws. Anyone who is alleged to be involved or responsible for child abandonment, leading to death of the child can be charged with murder and manslaughter. The age of the child, duration of abandonment and the severity of the abandonment, decide the extent and intensity of the charges. In case, the child was in need of some special requirements or medications but due to the neglect, he was not provided with the necessary care then the laws charge the concerned person more severely.

The abandonment laws vary for every state and so if you've got to file any case related to desertion, you've got to ensure that the state you're residing in has related laws in their judicial system. In cases of bankruptcy, the laws strictly depend on various factors like total net value of the property and the money mortgaged against it.

The incidents of abandonment of children have increased in the United States and the state authorities have made attempts to spread awareness about laws and rights of parents and the child. This is essential because it is completely inhumane to leave a baby/child just due to any reason. Abandonment laws are a bit complex and to understand them completely, one must consult recognized lawyers. These laws can act as an effective tool in reducing the cases of desertion and isolation, intentionally.